Vijay Hazare Trophy: Samarth, Akshdeep fifties ensure UP win over Baroda

Uttar Pradesh rode on the back of Samarth Singh and Akshdeep Nath's fifties to coast to an easy win over Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group B match.

Samarth Singh's fifty laid the foundation for UP's win over Baroda.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Captain Samarth Singh and Akshdeep Nath struck a half century each to help Uttar Pradesh record an easy seven-wicket win over Baroda in an Elite Group B match of Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Monday.

Chasing 213 for a win, Samarth scored 62 from 79 balls at the top of the innings before Akshdeep took UP home with 2.2 overs to spare with an unbeaten 75 which he hit from 107 deliveries.

Samarth had five fours and a six in his innings while Akshdeep struck nine boundaries during his knock.

The duo stitched 81 runs together for the third wicket from 19.5 overs to take UP closer to victory. Akshdeep then shared 49 runs with Rinku Singh (23 not out from 38 balls) for the unconquered fourth wicket as UP reached 213/3 in 47.4 overs.

Earlier, electing to bat first, Baroda made 212 for 6 in its allotted 50 overs with one-down Vishnu Solanki and Yusuf Pathan contributing 58 and 55 runs, respectively.

Baroda suffered a top-order collapse as it was reduced to 16 for 3 in the seventh over with pacer Ankit Rajpoot (3/43) claiming all the top three wickets.

Pathan and Solanki revived with the Baroda innings with a 91-run partnership for the fifth wicket to pave the way for its side go past the 200-run mark.

In another match here, Himachal Pradesh beat Vidarbha by six wickets with 20 balls remaining with opener Prashant Chopra (82) scoring the bulk of the runs as his side successfully chased down the target of 184 in a 42 overs-a-side match.

Odisha also emerged victorious in another Group B match here as it beat Maharashtra by three wickets.

Riding on an unbeaten 119 off 130 balls by captain Subhranshu Senapati, Odisha chased down the target of 260 with five balls to spare.

Brief Scores

UP: 213/3 in 47.4 overs (Samarth Singh 62, Akshdeep Nath 75 not out) beat Baroda (Vishnu Solanki 58, Yusuf Pathan 55; Ankit Rajpoot 3/43) by 7 wickets.

Himachal Pradesh: 184/4 in 38.4 overs (Prashant Chopra 82; Yash Thakur 2/21) beat Vidarbha 183 all out (Ganesh Satish 67; Rishi Dhawan 4/35) by six wickets.

Odisha: 260/7 in 49.1 overs (Subhranshu Senapati 119 not out; Azim Kazi 2/45) beat Maharashtra: 259/8 in 50 overs (Rahul Tripathi 69, Kedar Jadhav 62; Suryakant Pradhan 3/50) by 3 wickets.


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